Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Boris the Crusher

For those who want a smooth, bold, bombass Imperial Stout, this beer is for you.

Brewery: Hoppin' Frog
Beer: Barrel Aged Boris the Crusher
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.4%
IBU: 60
Price: $13.99 / 22oz bottle

This beer has been aged in whiskey barrels to give it a new dimension of aroma and flavor. Only 4 small batches (~1000 bottles per batch) of this brew have been made so far, so they aren't very easy to find.

Upon opening the bottle revealed notes of whiskey, vanilla, and chocolate. Poured into a glass reveals a bitch black color with a quickly dissipating brown head. The first sip is very smooth, with dominate flavors of dark chocolate and whiskey. The aroma expanded with notes of wood and alcohol. Mouthfeel was on the medium side for a beer of this magnitude, considering oatmeal was used. As this warmed, the flavors only became more pronounced. Yum! I'd recommend serving this around 55F.

Aroma: 9/10
Appearance: 5/5
Taste: 9/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 17/20

Final Score: 43/50